Close

Transcript

[Music playing throughout video]

Text on screen: In July 2017, the Commonwealth of Virginia opted in to the FirstNet network. Public safety agencies in Fairfax County have made the choice to adopt FirstNet as their wireless communications network. The County’s Communications Technology Manager says the decision was an easy one.

MIKE NEWBURN, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

You get guaranteed coverage, you get the capacity, you get the support, and you're able to do it at really no upfront cost.

On screen text: Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Bowers has championed FirstNet from the start. He says the transition has been seamless.

CHIEF RICHARD BOWERS, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) FIRE AND RESCUE

It's not like any Fire Rescue Department out there or any other Public Safety Agency as we begin to fully embrace FirstNet it's going to have to throw out what they got and put something all new in. It's really utilizing your infrastructure you currently have and fitting it into the FirstNet capability along with AT&T’s expertise and equipment and upgrading or replacing. It's not starting from scratch.

MIKE NEWBURN, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Get the devices, start testing them, learn what what your coverage is, and understand what what your limitations are. But get out there and try it because it's not going to cost anything to do it.

Text on screen: Fairfax County’s public safety agencies have already been AT&T customers but Newburn says no matter what carrier your agency is with, making the switch to FirstNet isn’t complicated.

MIKE NEWBURN, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Through the contracts with FirstNet you don't have to worry about being an expert on LTE as you did with other systems and so it really gets easier for the local to really have a new system without having to carry a lot of expertise.

CHIEF RICHARD BOWERS, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) FIRE AND RESCUE

Don't wait. The time is now upon us. We need to take action and we need to do it collectively and we can learn from one another we'll share all of our experience to this point and it's been great. So the message is, if you want to improve your communications, if you want to improve your equipment, if you want to enhance your ability to communicate on a daily basis on incidents, the time is now.

Text on screen: FirstNet and AT&T: dedicated to improving the nation’s public safety communications.